3 Ways God Deals With Men Who Make Idols
Idols make promises they cannot keep, which is why you can be on a winning streak and still feel empty. An idol is anything of which we say, “I must have this to be happy.” An idol could be a thing, a relationship, a position, a goal, or even our own righteousness.
All idolatry is rooted in unbelief. This unbelief can take many forms, but at its root is the powerful idea, “Jesus Christ alone is not enough to make me happy. I need something else.”
Men make idols + God hates idols = We’ve got a problem. God becomes insanely jealous when we make idols. Here are 3 ways God will “deal” with us when we make an idol. He will..
- Withhold the thing we think we can’t live without. I spent the first 15 years of my adult life working and praying to achieve something that would have destroyed me, then was disappointed when I was spared. It is a mercy to not receive that which will destroy you.
- Remove the thing we think we can’t live without. There is another name besides “idol” for something we think we can’t live without- addiction. The problem with addictions is that we can’t stop on our own. That’s why God has to “help” us. Contractions, whether business or personal, often reflect God’s loving discipline.
- Give us so much of the thing we want that we gag on it. Think of the Israelites who got tired of manna and asked for meat. God said, “Meat? You want meat? I’ll give you meat.” Numbers 11:19 (NLT) says, “You will eat it for a whole month until you gag and are sick of it. For you have rejected the Lord.” Sometimes God wins our complete allegiance by showing us the emptiness any other allegiance.
Think of a few of your men who are struggling. How can this model help you understand what God may be doing in their lives?
For the glory of Christ and no other reason,